Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. --Kahlil Gibran
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I picked a nearly flawless orange. Took my zester / peeler and went at it. I peeled all the way around the orange this time. Last time I peeled from top to bottom and as soon as I started it I realized I wasn't going to get nearly as many peels as I would if I just spiraled down the orange. Then I cut them down to 1" long strips.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
But, I did my bread pudding which I use a Paula Deen recipe as my base and modify it to fit what I want. Here it is. I used half Grand Marnier and orange juice in place of vanilla extract and the brady. It didn't come out as orangy as I wished it to be. There's only a slight hint of it, but still very yummy. Next time I'm using straight Grand Marnier in place of the brandy and orange extract in place of vanilla. I would have used extract this time but I forgot to pick it up. Ditzy me.
Then, me and the girls (AKA my mom and daughter) went to the local Children's Museum and stayed way longer than I thought we would or should. And I had breakfast for dinner (a family tradition) to look forward to. And I was making pancakes. Well, my mom brought up that she saw Paula Deen make pancakes that morning and they looked good. So, of course I had to try them. Only thing: she calls for seperated eggs and to fold in the whipped egg whites. Folding in egg whites is the bane of my existence. As an aspiring pastry chef I know I should suck it up and get over it but I severely dislike it. And when it comes to pancakes I think it should be like this: throw it in the bowl, throw it on the skillet, throw it on the plate. I'm all for pancakes from scratch but it shouldn't be a production. The best pancakes I've had are just simple muffin method pancakes.
I do have to say they came out just fine but nothing spectacular or amazing. If you want to try it you can find it here. I didn't try the cinnamon cream that you find with the recipe and I only put the chocolate chips in some of them but I'm definitely trying the cinnamon cream next time.
So, I had a Food Network kind of day and I'm exhausted. So, until next time:
“A person can be as sweet as honey or as heavy as steel.” Greek Proverb
Friday, January 9, 2009
And this is me trying to make dinner with my cupcake.
Now back to business. I made a chocolate cake for that consultation on Tuesday and later that day my mom tried some of what I had left over and commented on how dry it was. I always have this issue with basic chocolate cake recipes. You know, the ones on the sides of flour boxes or in the most basic of recipe books. Well, I took the same recipe and finally tried greek yogurt in place of the milk and I also cut the flour by a quarter cup and it was perfect. I've always heard about greek yogurt to help a dry cake but never had it around. But lately I've been snacking on it so it's in the house. I've tried sour cream in place of milk (and it works) but I like the flavor and texture of greek yogurt better.
So anyways, I didn't do anything on the edge or crazy but I got to play around and have fun. But now I have to get a hold of the couple to see if they want to give it another try.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
So, I'm getting ready for my cake consultation right now. It's cold and nasty and rainy outside and my car's stuck in the mud! Yippee! Great way to start a day! Thankfully I have great parents that are helping me out and lending me their car today.
So, anyways, like I said, I'm getting ready for my cake consult. I've done this before on my own but I still get a little anxious. But I feel good about this one. This could be a fun cake to do if I get the job (I'll post if and when I get the job). They're looking to have a sea theme and they are the reason I was constructing a tugboat out of cardboard. So, I've got my folder of ideas, my notebook, my color swatches, and of course, the cakes. I'M READY! Thank GOD I love doing what I do cause staying up til 2:30 am when you have to get up at 7:30 am wouldn't hack it for anything else.
And to help put a smile on my face today I'm going to quote the great British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard:
"TEA AND CAKE OR DEATH!"
"I am an evil giraffe, and I shall eat more leaves from this tree then prehaps I should, so that other giraffes may die." (I threw this in cause my mom, my daughter and I all call each other giraffes. We're all legs and look kinda gawky, but in a good way.)
"Never put a sock in a toaster."
“'ello, Sue. I've got legs. Do you like bread? I've got a French loaf. Bye! I love you”
"I long for a grapefruit."
OK, I got carried away but I love Eddie Izzard and I needed a big smile. And for the most part it's all food related.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Today I made a cake with the milk. The cake came out OK but I'm still working on it. I'll find a better recipe and do it again. But I made Pineapple Cream Filling for it and it made it work, it was a good balance. The recipe I used is generally what I use to fill my cakes but I also use it on my cupcakes as a taste tester. And I make it so often that I think I can repeat the recipe without cracking the recipe book. It's from a Sylvia Weinstock cake book and it is quite good. The base is her recipe and I wanted to use pineapple:
- In bowl of electric mixer whip eggs with whisk attachment at medium speed until it turns pale yellow and continue while proceeding to next step.
- In medium saucepan mix sugar and water until the sugar soaks up all the water and is mostly dissolved. Use a clean wet pastry brush and clean the edges of the saucepan to keep it from burning. Then over medium heat, boil the sugar until it reaches 240 degrees. Make sure to keep an eye on it.
- With mixer still at medium speed slowly add sugar in a stream running down the side of the bowl. Beat for 15 minutes or until the outside of bowl is warm to touch.
- Add butter one piece at a time. Let whip until it becomes smooth. Add pineapple juice. Then add crushed pineapple.
And here are my coconut cupcakes with pineapple cream. So far they're a hit. Tomorrow I finish the cake I started today. And now I go to bed! Good night.
“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.” --George Harrison (my favorite Beatle)